Tiff and I aren’t the types to pop out for breakfast or brunch on a weekend. However, we stayed at Tiff’s dad’s in Marlow last night and he offered to treat us to breakfast at the cafe at the garden centre on the Stubbings House estate.
The garden centre and nursery is a short way up a pleasant drive, not far from the A404 between Marlow and Maidenhead. The cafe itself is in a tastefully constructed new building at the back of the garden centre, sharing space with the florists.
The cafe is split into two narrow sections. The first section includes the service counter and what I presumed was the kitchen, as well as some retail space selling things such as jams, stationery and biscuits. The other section is the eating area – a light and airy south-east-facing conservatory overlooking plants and shrubs, with a view of the Grade II listed Stubbings House to the left-hand side. There’s an outside eating area too, which is under cover. Dogs are welcome – arguably even encouraged – outside.
Since we’d left Tilly at home this morning and there was a hint of rain in the air, we opted to eat indoors. We chose a table alongside the bare brick wall at the back of the conservatory and then ordered and paid for our breakfasts – one scrambled egg and salmon on toast (£7.99) and two fried breakfasts (£6.99), plus a sausage sandwich (£5.99) for me – as well as tea, coffee and orange juice. The menu also included options such as granola with fruit compote, Greek yoghurt and honey (£4.99) and waffles with maple syrup or Nutella (£3.49).
Our drinks arrived quickly, closely followed by our breakfasts. My sausage sandwich was delicious – the white bread it came on was especially fresh and fluffy. But, I was puzzled why it came with a salad garnish. I’m a salad fan but I’ve never fancied lettuce and tomatoes with sausages! Luckily, HP Sauce was available as an alternative accompaniment. The americano coffee also deserves a mention – so often, I’ve ended up with a coffee that’s too weak or stale-tasting but the one I had today was perfect. Everyone else enjoyed their generous breakfast portions as well. Tiff and her dad even had “seconds” – a danish pastry and croissant respectively.
By now, the rain was beating down on the glass windows making our decision to eat inside a good one. So, energised by our delicious breakfasts, we passed the cakes and scones looking lovingly at us from the counter in the entrance and made a dash, sans umbrella or coat, through the nursery and back to the car.
Info: Stubbings Nursery is on the Stubbings Estate off Henley Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6QL. Telephone 01628 825454. The cafe is open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm and Sundays 9.30am to 4pm.